McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #539, Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
  • At 12:10 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #539, Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
  • At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #605, John Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #666, Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #540, John W. Broomes, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #541, Rebecca Grady Jennings, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:04 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the pending nominations.
    • "Their nominations have been vetted. Their expertise is well known. Their positions sit empty waiting to be filled. The American people are waiting for their president to have his full team and for their federal government to be appropriately staffed. Now, if last evening's vote to advance Claria Horn Boom's district court nomination were any indication, we'd be in for a productive week. 96 of our colleagues voted in support, 96. With such broad bipartisan support, you might think that filing cloture should not have been necessary in the first place. With nominees as uncontroversial as these, you might think the Senate would roll quickly through them and move on to other business."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "We cut taxes for middle-class families and small businesses. We repealed one burdensome job-killing regulation after another. We're grabbing every tool we can find to make life a little easier for middle-class families who were neglected by the previous administration's policies. One prime example is our colleague senator Scott's provision in last year's historic tax reform. His legislation let's economic depressed communities across the country be designated as opportunity Zones, earning special tax treatment to make investment and job creation more attractive."